Wednesday, 18 January 2012
Peter J Caroll
Peter J Caroll was born in England in 1953. Alternative Scientist, author, and an original contributor to the theory of Chaos Magic, having been influenced by the works of Aleister Crowley and the artist Austin Osman Spare. It was Spare that developed the use of sigils, a tool heavily used in chaos magic, and the practice of empowering them by the use of gnosis (an altered state of consciousness necessary for the successful completion of many magical works). A simple tenet of chaos magic is that the power is in the actual act of Belief itself, rather than the object of that belief.
He is the co-founder of the Magical Pact of the Illuminates of Thanateros (IOT). The Pact is an international organization run on a meritocratic basis founded in 1978 and remains active today. He has written under his own name and this magical name Stokastikos. He has almost 40 years of experience in research and experimentation, and is remains a contributing writer to Chaos International magazine.
His childhood was spent in a succession of knights and castles, rockets, and occult literature. He graduated from the University of London with a degree in science, before working as a school teacher. He later spent four years in India and the Himalayas, before backpacking became fashionable. He was accompanied by his girlfriend, a lady who would become his wife on their return to England. He established a business where his books on Chaos Magic theory earned him international lecture tours, and from this he founded the IOT.
In 1995 he stepped down as Grandmaster of the IOT to pursue other commitments, but he regained his interest in magic in 2005 when asked by Robert Anton Wilson to run a course of tuition at the Maybe Logic Academy. He later established the Arcanorium Occult College with other chaos magicians, where he remains the Chancellor of the School, and holds the Chair for Sorcery and Alternative Science.
* Liber Null. (1978) and Psychonaut. (1982) (published in one volume in 1987) ISBN 0-87728-639-6
* Liber Kaos. (1992) ISBN 0-87728-742-2
* PsyberMagick: Advanced Ideas in Chaos Magick. (1995) ISBN 1-56184-092-0
* The Apophenion: A Chaos Magic Paradigm. (08/08/08) ISBN 1-86992-865-2 
* The Octavo: A Sorceror-Scientist's Grimoire. (Roundworld edition, 2010) ISBN 978-1906958176